Jamie Heberer

For senior history major and German minor Jamie Heberer, of Cedarburg, choosing the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as a 17-year-old was a decision she made knowing if she didn’t like it she could always transfer elsewhere.

“To me, the reason why I stayed at UWO is more important than why I chose it in the first place,” Heberer said. “When I came to this school, I was ready to start a new chapter in my life and I found here the perfect place to do it. The campus offers a safe, welcoming and engaging community if one is willing to participate.”

Heberer participates in the University Honors Program, is a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, Order of Omega Honors society, Phi Alpha Theta honor society and is a Peer Educator Review Session (PERS) leader and tutor for lower-level history courses.

“During my time here I have found challenging classes, personal growth and lifelong friends,” Heberer said. “Taking the time to participate fully in my classes and my major, getting involved in outside activities and working an on campus job has helped me to receive the many wonderful things UWO has to offer.”

Since elementary school, history has been Heberer’s favorite subject. She was the recipient of the 2016 Donner Monteith Award for the outstanding member of the Department of History junior class.

“It wasn’t until high school when I thought about college majors that I realized history could be something that I could spend my whole life exploring,” Heberer said. “I came to the University not knowing what I wanted to do with the major, only knowing that besides the teaching route, being a history major offered many valuable skills that employers looked for, such as the ability to write effectively and to quickly read and analyze information.”

After being mentored by professors in the Department of History, Heberer said she has explored career opportunities and hopes to apply for graduate school or join the workforce. She is also ready to graduate a semester early in December because of what she has learned in her classes and throughout her entire college experience.

“I have learned that the best way to be prepared for something is to show up with a positive attitude even when you have a final at 8 a.m. I have learned that you should always take the time to listen to others’ stories, opinions and feelings,” Heberer said. “I have learned how to be a better friend to those I care about.  My time at UWO has made me a kinder and more thoughtful person, having had to be on my own for the first time and make all new relationships as well as be a productive student.”

“These lessons can not be taught in a classroom but can only be learned through new experiences which UWO helped to offer,” Heberer said.